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by Russ Williams
October 15th, 2019, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1627
Views: 91521

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Neal.Mollen wrote:
October 14th, 2019, 12:28 pm
I was tempted. But trying to show resolve
I was also tempted, but only for a nanosecond. With retirement starting soon it was an easy pass.
by Russ Williams
October 9th, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11898
Views: 569633

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Warren Taranow wrote:
October 9th, 2019, 1:05 pm
It's a bad week when you post back to back on this thread.

2014 Marguet Champagne Grand Cru Extra Brut Les Saints Remys
A pass for me at $90
by Russ Williams
October 8th, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 3741

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

Nothing like a collapsing infrastructure.
by Russ Williams
October 7th, 2019, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19
Replies: 57
Views: 3771

Re: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19

Yes, email arrived today. I think they stagger the releases so if you're newer on the list it could hit you next week(?). Not sure though. It's not newer. I've been purchasing Ceritas for 5 or 6 years. I think it's on volume. offers go out to the larger buyers first. BTW what was the price for that...
by Russ Williams
October 5th, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle
Replies: 29
Views: 1683

Re: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle

Unemployment ALWAYS peaks (at lowest) immediately before the turn. It wont be "different this time". The market, and to a large extent the economy, has been propped up by Central Bank policies. They "solved" the biggest debt bubble and bust by adding 70% more debt on top of the peak from 11-12 year...
by Russ Williams
October 5th, 2019, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11898
Views: 569633

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

A couple of bottles of each:

2014 Bérêche et Fils Les Beaux Regards
2014 Bérêche et Fils Campania Remensis
2014 Marguet Champagne Grand Cru Extra Brut Les Crayères
2014 Marguet Champagne Grand Cru Le Parc
2017 Arnot-Roberts Chardonnay Trout Gulch Vineyard
by Russ Williams
October 5th, 2019, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1086
Views: 59881

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

My issue is the pricing for a lot of the offers. If the dollar is so strong why are wine prices going straight up? Europe is in a recession, China’s economy is slowing dramatically and wine prices are at all time highs.
by Russ Williams
October 5th, 2019, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle
Replies: 29
Views: 1683

Re: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle

Funny that unemployment is as low as it has been since 1969. Yeah the sky is absolutely falling. I assume all you folks saying a recession is coming (and I don’t deny that fact as we are way over due based on historical trends) do not have your money invested in the stock market. For now however, wh...
by Russ Williams
September 30th, 2019, 9:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 562
Views: 28745

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

3rd QTR has been very successful as I have consumed 30 more bottles than I’ve purchased.
by Russ Williams
September 25th, 2019, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Carlisle Syrah JamesBerry '08...(short/boring)
Replies: 12
Views: 829

Re: Yup....

Tom - I quit buying the syrah's and only buy Mike's zins. I have consumed the majority of my 2006-2008 syrah's and have found that the wines (for my taste) do not develop any complexity. The tannins and fruit just seem to get softer with age. They are well made wines, but the just don't do it for m...
by Russ Williams
September 20th, 2019, 8:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11898
Views: 569633

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2015 Marc Hébrart SC
by Russ Williams
September 9th, 2019, 9:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gilman is crazy about Rhys "Hillside" wines
Replies: 204
Views: 19931

Re: Gilman is crazy about Rhys "Hillside" wines

Anyone sitting on some ‘06 Alpine Hillside PN should open one as this is in a great place. Wonderful balance with a lengthy mineral, black cherry, raspberry and blackberry finish with a kiss of acidity. Thrilled to have one bottle left. Corks on the 06’s remain problematic. Make sure to have an ah s...
by Russ Williams
September 7th, 2019, 9:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lopawines.com Thread
Replies: 67
Views: 5191

Re: Lopawines.com Thread

AD Northup wrote:
September 6th, 2019, 9:38 am
2012 Bereche et Fils Reflet d’Antan seems like a solid deal on a good wine.
I have never had a Bereche so this seemed like a good place to start, especially for the price. champagne.gif
by Russ Williams
September 5th, 2019, 8:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11898
Views: 569633

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2017 Kutch Trout Gulch Chard SCM
2017 Kutch Bohan Graveyard Block SC Pinot
by Russ Williams
September 5th, 2019, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1086
Views: 59881

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

John J wrote:
September 5th, 2019, 5:26 pm
Anyone grab any of the 2004 Daniel-Etienne Defaix Chablis 1er Cru Les Lys?
I grabbed a few last November. This offer must mean they have arrived or will be soon.
by Russ Williams
September 5th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traveling Wine Glasses
Replies: 14
Views: 596

Re: Traveling Wine Glasses

Albert R wrote:
September 5th, 2019, 10:00 am
Dave McIsaac wrote:
September 5th, 2019, 9:08 am
Russ Williams wrote:
September 5th, 2019, 8:57 am
If you’re driving I would recommend a wine glass carrying case and take your good glasses. No need to sacrifice when traveling.
+1
+3
Air, road or sea we always take our stems!
What do you use when traveling by air?
by Russ Williams
September 5th, 2019, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traveling Wine Glasses
Replies: 14
Views: 596

Re: Traveling Wine Glasses

If you’re driving I would recommend a wine glass carrying case and take your good glasses. No need to sacrifice when traveling.
by Russ Williams
September 3rd, 2019, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kutch Fall Release, Save the date!
Replies: 51
Views: 3088

Re: Kutch Fall Release, Save the date!

The Chardonnay is the prize for me. Jamie is batting 1.000 so far on his Chards, and I could be wrong but I think Trout Gulch was the source of Jamie's reference-quality 2014 SC Chard. Me too! I want this. Trout Gulch is right above Aptos just south of Santa Cruz, *really*close to the ocean. It'd b...
by Russ Williams
September 3rd, 2019, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kutch Fall Release, Save the date!
Replies: 51
Views: 3088

Re: Kutch Fall Release, Save the date!

Speaking of the wines, as I recall, I enjoyed the 2017 Kutch Trout Gulch Chardonnay tasted at Falltacular. Bright citrus/green apple and a beautiful floral nose. Nice saline touch too. As for Bohan - that has not impressed me as much as the other wines. Even with all "those points." I have a simila...
by Russ Williams
September 1st, 2019, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lopawines.com Thread
Replies: 67
Views: 5191

Re: Lopawines.com Thread

I also did not get this offer.
by Russ Williams
August 26th, 2019, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 475

Re: TN: 2007 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard

The only FF I have left is a couple of 2007 and the last one I opened was in 2/18 so it sounds like I definitely need to open another. FWIW, this has always been my least favorite vineyard.
by Russ Williams
August 26th, 2019, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: France seizes Chinese owned vineyards in Bdx
Replies: 6
Views: 1240

Re: France seizes Chinese owned vineyards in Bdx

forgive Craig as he gets fired up easily.
by Russ Williams
August 24th, 2019, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11898
Views: 569633

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2012 Jacques Lassaigne, Champagne 'Clos Sainte Sophie' Blanc de Blancs
by Russ Williams
August 24th, 2019, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lopawines.com Thread
Replies: 67
Views: 5191

Re: Lopawines.com Thread

Any buyers of the offer yesterday for 2012 Jacques Lassaigne 'Clos Sainte Sophie' Blanc de Blancs? This sounds like a wine I will love so I grabbed some.
by Russ Williams
August 21st, 2019, 4:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Marguet Les Crayères Grand Cru
Replies: 3
Views: 389

Re: 2014 Marguet Les Crayères Grand Cru

After the 48 hours do you still feel that these need 10 more years in the cellar?
by Russ Williams
August 18th, 2019, 6:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11898
Views: 569633

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

1 - 2008 Dom Pérignon 750 ($144) Hardly worth posting about 1 bottle but it’s much bigger than the bottle. See my only daughter was born in 2008. (3 boys 1 girl) It would be a shame if dad didn’t have lots of 2008 Champaign (rose also) for her to celebrate her life milestones with. So this is the f...
by Russ Williams
August 15th, 2019, 6:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Hillsides
Replies: 69
Views: 5747

Re: Rhys Hillsides

Peter Petersen wrote:
August 9th, 2019, 8:07 am
Prices have gone up $2000-3000 every year he was in college and, yes, it does include room and board. This is standard pricing for elite schools these days!!!
Thank goodness both my daughters got into UVA. Elite school and tuition plus R & B was less than $25K.
by Russ Williams
August 14th, 2019, 6:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lopawines.com Thread
Replies: 67
Views: 5191

Re: Lopawines.com Thread

Nice offering of the 2014 Marguets. I couldn’t help but grab a mixed 6-pack. Pricing was very good.
by Russ Williams
August 13th, 2019, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19
Replies: 57
Views: 3771

Re: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19

lleichtman wrote:
August 13th, 2019, 12:56 pm
Ordered everything in the allocation.
[winner.gif]
by Russ Williams
August 11th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 27174

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Paul H Galli wrote:
August 11th, 2019, 8:17 am
Kim Z wrote:
August 8th, 2019, 6:52 pm
Those of us in California understand this is an off the charts hyper-regulated, environmentally excessive, business unfriendly state.
Truer words were never spoken....

TTT
And why people are fleeing the state in large numbers.
by Russ Williams
August 10th, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cold calls from wineries?
Replies: 22
Views: 2099

Re: Cold calls from wineries?

Seems to me we are seeing a classic case of supply and demand at work.
by Russ Williams
August 10th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 562
Views: 28745

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Progress is finally being made. 66 less bottles purchased YTD compared to same time last year and 133 less bottles compared to 2016 which was my worst buying year. It is amazing what pending retirement does for motivation.
by Russ Williams
August 9th, 2019, 5:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Hillsides
Replies: 69
Views: 5747

Re: Rhys Hillsides

For $75,000 I assume that includes room and board and hopefully this is for 2 children.
by Russ Williams
August 8th, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2549

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

Henry Kiichli wrote:
August 8th, 2019, 5:45 am
Russ Williams wrote:
August 1st, 2019, 9:31 am
375ml glass bottle filled to the top with a screw cap and kept in the fridge. Works beautifully and just about free.

Agree. I have a couple of .375s, a .500, and a .250.
Why are other solutions still being discussed. [scratch.gif]
by Russ Williams
August 7th, 2019, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Hillsides
Replies: 69
Views: 5747

Re: Rhys Hillsides

Kevin Harvey wrote:
August 7th, 2019, 5:13 pm
Jeremy Holmes wrote:
August 7th, 2019, 4:16 pm
Jim Brennan wrote:
August 7th, 2019, 11:55 am
Has anyone heard what the tariff is going to be?
$3.76M
At that price we are willing to offer a 10% case discount!

More seriously...the 2016 Hillside pricing is unchanged at $149/btl and $349/magnum
Just curious Kevin, why the $50 premium for a mag...scarcity?
by Russ Williams
August 7th, 2019, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Hillsides
Replies: 69
Views: 5747

Re: Rhys Hillsides

Was an email sent about this release? Yes, I received it around noon EDT yesterday. Here's the text: After two long years, the Hillsides are back with the 2016 vintage offering!! Shortly after the 2016 harvest we were excited to see that the vintage had produced some barrels of truly exceptional qu...
by Russ Williams
August 7th, 2019, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Hillsides
Replies: 69
Views: 5747

Re: Rhys Hillsides

Was an email sent about this release?
by Russ Williams
August 3rd, 2019, 7:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19
Replies: 57
Views: 3771

Re: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19

I opened a 2011 Heintz last night and it is a delicious Chardonnay with bright lemon-lime fruit with some grapefruit notes showing up on the long finish. The acidity is in perfect balance with the fruit. These are getting pricey, especially with the shipping, but they are in a small company of the b...
by Russ Williams
August 3rd, 2019, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 27174

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

I’m certainly not going to boycott over this infraction. It’d be very hard to prove that using the water for irrigation would take water away from an estuary. This something people have studied and it would appear that lots of collected rain water going into the soil is recycled lower down rivers a...
by Russ Williams
August 3rd, 2019, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 27174

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Josh, for whatever reason, obviously has some issues with Kevin and I assume other folks who have been successful in their careers. I wonder if Josh has ever met Kevin to be in any position to judge his character?
by Russ Williams
August 2nd, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: the perils of sharing allocations
Replies: 39
Views: 3851

Re: the perils of sharing allocations

You probably will not like this response, but I was where you are not long ago and on way too many mailing list. I spent decades building up my cellar and a lot of mailing list played a big part in this effort as well as got me hooked on my love of all things wine. However, I finally realized I was ...
by Russ Williams
August 2nd, 2019, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 27174

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Certainly was not expecting to read anything like this when I entered the forum.
by Russ Williams
August 1st, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2549

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

375ml glass bottle filled to the top with a screw cap and kept in the fridge. Works beautifully and just about free.
by Russ Williams
July 30th, 2019, 7:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11898
Views: 569633

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Jayson Cohen wrote:
July 30th, 2019, 6:59 pm
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
July 30th, 2019, 9:34 am
A few Thierry Richoux Irancy 2015
That was a tempting offer.
I drank through a six pack of the 2009 and it was a very uninspiring wine.
by Russ Williams
July 26th, 2019, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th
Replies: 87
Views: 6388

Re: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th

Thanks guys and very happy to hear about Jeff and the Rhys team’s excitement around this wine.
by Russ Williams
July 25th, 2019, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1627
Views: 91521

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

BenW wrote:
July 25th, 2019, 12:19 pm
Thoughts on the Dumenil 2006 Millesime?
2008 actually, but I passed.
by Russ Williams
July 24th, 2019, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1627
Views: 91521

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Evan, I can see your point but I would rather (and did) get after the Mousse Special Club Rose. Yes, more $$$, but the Mousse wines are excellent, and he farms in a clean manner, as well. Between the Ruppert-Leroy and the Mousse this week, I am done buying I reckon for the week. [training.gif] I gr...

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